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deeoh01
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Re:Best chicken you have ever eaten.......................... - Tue, 11/1/11 8:03 AM
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I don't know if I could ever identify a "best" chicken, but here are some of my favorites 
1. Fried: Gus's in Memphis; Maxine's Chicken & Waffles in Indianapolis; Ad Hoc in Yountville, CA; Prince's Hot Chicken in Nashville; Scotch House in New Orleans.
2. Non-fried: Don't remember the name, but we had some incredible jerk chicken from a little shack on the road from Montego Bay to Ocho Rios; the pollo al carbon from any of the "chicken ladies" in Puerto Morelos, Mexico.

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Re:Best chicken you have ever eaten.......................... - Mon, 01/9/12 3:00 AM
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I loved Bill Knapp's fried chicken. (and a couple trays of their biscuits and chicken gravy while were at it.)
Actually tried to wheedle the recipe out of CEO Jamie Brown ... no dice ... it was during the bankruptcy and all intellectual property rights such as recipes were taken by the court.  I've been on the hunt for the real recipe ever since and been keeping a "running recipe" of bits and pieces as I come across them.  Russ helped me with his recollections eons ago ... still on the lookout tho.

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Re:Best chicken you have ever eaten.......................... - Sat, 01/14/12 2:57 PM
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The best I've ever eaten is fried at Price's Chicken Coop.

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Re:Best chicken you have ever eaten.......................... - Sat, 01/14/12 3:33 PM
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Some of the best fried chicken that I ever ate was at The Forest Diner in Ellicott City, MD.  It is neary my son's home.  For years I had gone by and laughed at their sign which proclaimed "World's Best Fried Chicken".  One night, my friend suggested that we go there and try it out..................................I really would have preferred to go somewhere where I could have a glass or two of wine but said  "OK, Lets try it out."  We went in and ordered.  The waitress told us to order just one dinner at a time because it was huge.  We took her advice and were  glad that we did.
 
The chicken was excellent................best in the world?  I have no clue.  I do not eat fried chicken in restaurants.  This was a "first".   I do have to say that I love Popeye's fried chicken....................

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Re:Best chicken you have ever eaten.......................... - Sat, 01/14/12 3:57 PM
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I do not understand this fried chicken thing. I can't stand fried chicken. Never could. In fact, the last time I had any fried chicken was in 1973 or 1974, during a picnic lunch we had with a Chilean exchange student who was staying with us at the time.

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Re:Best chicken you have ever eaten.......................... - Sat, 01/14/12 4:24 PM
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Michael, somewhere in heaven, Colonel Sanders is crying.

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Re:Best chicken you have ever eaten.......................... - Sat, 01/14/12 4:31 PM
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In fact, that fried chicken I had back in '73 or '74 was from Kentucky Fried Chicken.

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Re:Best chicken you have ever eaten.......................... - Sat, 01/14/12 4:43 PM
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  No wonder that you do not like fried chicken!

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Re:Best chicken you have ever eaten.......................... - Sat, 01/14/12 4:51 PM
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Nah. I disliked it long before that.

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Re:Best chicken you have ever eaten.......................... - Sat, 01/14/12 5:12 PM
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Well, I have to admit that fried clams and  fried oysters arae much better!

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Re:Best chicken you have ever eaten.......................... - Sat, 01/14/12 5:20 PM
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I'll say!

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Re:Best chicken you have ever eaten.......................... - Sat, 01/14/12 5:37 PM
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Ok..........need instructions as to how to delete a message that I posted twice  (in error).  Guess that I started "Happy Hour" too early!

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Re:Best chicken you have ever eaten.......................... - Sat, 01/14/12 5:49 PM
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Click on Manage Message. Then type in a reason -- Duplicate -- and then click on Send this message to the recycle bin.

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Re:Best chicken you have ever eaten.......................... - Sat, 01/14/12 5:55 PM
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I met an old woman back in the '80,s.   Her name was Betty Lucas, and she was known as Chicken Betty.  She lived mostly around Kansas City, and I always thought of her as Paladin.  Have chicken, will travel.  I don't know how many chicken restaurants she worked at, but I remember that wherever Betty was, that was where the best chicken was.

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Re:Best chicken you have ever eaten.......................... - Sun, 01/15/12 9:24 AM
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When I worked in Downtown Chicago Back in 1995 they had this Chicken place right on Ashland Ave (1242 N Ashland) called "Chicken Fiesta" owned by some Ex Karate/Martial Arts guy. The "L" was about a block away and when I got off the train you could smell the grilled Chicken. Till' this day When I'm in that Area (the place is gone) I could remember hanging out watching that long line of people at the door. 

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Re:Best chicken you have ever eaten.......................... - Sun, 01/15/12 11:34 AM
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I agree with Greymo that fried oysters and fried clams are indeed, much better than fried chicken! However, I do like fried chicken and have so since I was a little kid.
My fondest memory of eating "the best" fried chicken was the fried chicken and sides (incredible biscuits) at Raynor's Chicken Cabin on Sunrise Highway in Baldwin, Long Island back in the early fifties. Anyone remember this place?
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Re:Best chicken you have ever eaten.......................... - Sun, 01/15/12 11:55 AM
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Ah, ha! After Googling "Raynor's Fried Chicken", I discovered a thread here on Roadfood titled, "Raynor's Fried Chicken" going back to March 7, 2007 posted by a, "PAUL Schneider". One posting
He describes in glowing terms, their incredible fried chicken. In case anyone might be interested, the post was, m280425.
 
http://www.roadfood.com/F...d-Chicken-m280425.aspx

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Re:Best chicken you have ever eaten.......................... - Tue, 01/17/12 4:23 PM
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Michael -
 
Does this mean you won't be sampling any of the HOT chicken at the up coming Nashville trip??
 
 

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Re:Best chicken you have ever eaten.......................... - Thu, 01/19/12 9:23 AM
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Fried, no longer open: Agnew’s Chicken Shack, Lincoln Park, Rockville, MD
Fried, still open: Tammy & Johnny’s, Melfa, VA
Pollo a la Brasa: Sardi’s, Beltsville, MD
Korean Fried Chicken: Rainpia, Ellicott City, MD
But my all-time favorite chicken was my wife’s granny’s Chicken Pastry, Benson, NC

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Re:Best chicken you have ever eaten.......................... - Thu, 01/19/12 11:49 AM
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CajunKing


Michael -

Does this mean you won't be sampling any of the HOT chicken at the up coming Nashville trip??



That's what it means. Now the hot fish is a different story.
 
EDIT: Aw, to heck with it. In for a penny, in for a pound. I might as well try the hot chicken.
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Re:Best chicken you have ever eaten.......................... - Thu, 01/19/12 1:36 PM
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Best chicken I've eaten recently... Cornell style bbq chicken from Brooks BBQ in Oneonta, NY.

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Re:Best chicken you have ever eaten.......................... - Thu, 01/26/12 7:15 PM
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Michael Hoffman


Nah. I disliked it long before that.

You never had the great Fried Fhicken.


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Re:Best chicken you have ever eaten.......................... - Thu, 01/26/12 7:20 PM
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Greymo


Well, I have to admit that fried clams and  fried oysters arae much better!

It's apples and oranges and good fried clams are not up to par with good fried chicken. Fried oysters can be on par with fried chicken if they are cooked crunchy on the outside and juicy on the inside like fried chicken.

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Re:Best chicken you have ever eaten.......................... - Fri, 01/27/12 1:07 AM
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In 1976 this young lady (now my wife) & I took a motorcycle trip on the back roads from Baltimore to Florida. After 2 weeks of camping we are heading back and hit a flood. The tent, sleeping bags, and all our clothes are soaked. We are almost out of money and made it to Middlesboro, Ky. My first visit to Kentucky. I still believe it was my wife's tears that got us a motel room. (Thank you, motel lady, whereever you are today).
We hadn't eaten in over 24 hours and not much was open with 18 inches of water running in the streets. But I set out to find something and barely made it to a Kentucky Fried Chicken. Neither of us had ever eaten the Colonel's offering so I spent our last cash on a sampling.
 
Back at the motel my friend said "I don't eat that stuff!"
 
I have had memorably good chicken at Keaton's, the Hermitage Cafe and Crook's Corner but none with the memories of the Colonel Sander's in a wet Middlesboro, Kentucky
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Re:Best chicken you have ever eaten.......................... - Thu, 02/2/12 10:33 PM
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I forgot
 
Willie Mae's Scorch House in NOLA - That woman can fry some serious chicken.
 
I would put it in my top 5

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Re:Best chicken you have ever eaten.......................... - Fri, 02/3/12 2:33 PM
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John W. that is a nice Roadfood memory. Thank you for sharing.


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Re:Best chicken you have ever eaten.......................... - Wed, 02/15/12 5:18 AM
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chicken grill.I like this verymuch

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Re:Best chicken you have ever eaten.......................... - Fri, 02/17/12 12:58 AM
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Ok
 
I will add Sunset Family Restaurant to my top 15 list
 
Sunset Family Restaurant
US 231
Lebanon, TN
 
It was broasted, tender and juicy, crispy crunchy skin, slight pepper taste to the skin
In fact the left overs are officially gone, im licking my fingers as i type.

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Re:Best chicken you have ever eaten.......................... - Fri, 02/17/12 11:08 AM
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Roasters on International ave, at the SEATAC airport in Seattle. Sit there sipping a Blue Moon and be mesmerized by the racks of chickens spinning on the rottiserie. I give that place a double yum!.

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Re:Best chicken you have ever eaten.......................... - Mon, 03/5/12 9:36 PM
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Outside of my own weber grill roasted chicken I'd say its a tie between the Kalamata Chicken from the Athenian Room in Chicago and the Dinosaur BBQ's chicken half dinner. I used to eat at the Athenian room when I was in school in Chicago 27 years ago (man I'm old) and judging by Urbanspoon reports they still have it. The Syracuse Dino makes an awesome brined, smoked and grilled chicken, tender, moist and smokey every time.
Athenian Room Kalamata Chicken:
http://www.cltv.com/video.../ABB-106-Athenian-Room
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Re:Best chicken you have ever eaten.......................... - Tue, 03/20/12 1:26 PM
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Best chicken and most consistently good that I've had is the greek "Kalamata" chicken at Athenian Room in Chicago. The skin is crunchy, the meat is tender and juicy. It's a half chicken (bone-in) that you get for around $10, and it sets on a bed of fried potatoes that soak in the vinegar-inflected flavor of the chicken's juices. Wow! I can taste it now. Too bad it gives me such horrible acid indigestion.

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Re:Best chicken you have ever eaten.......................... - Wed, 03/28/12 11:23 AM
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Cornell-style bbq chicken. Generally the best at various fire deaprtment and church functions anywhere in NY State. Of course I'm a bit biased LOL !
 
Wally
Cornell '67

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Re:Best chicken you have ever eaten.......................... - Wed, 05/9/12 3:39 PM
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wallhd


Cornell-style bbq chicken. Generally the best at various fire deaprtment and church functions anywhere in NY State. Of course I'm a bit biased LOL !

Wally
Cornell '67
I agree. NY state has numerous chicken BBQ every weekend from May til october. There is probably 10 weekly in my area(Binghamton) alone.


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Re:Best chicken you have ever eaten.......................... - Thu, 05/10/12 7:42 PM
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Yankeedoodle


wallhd


Cornell-style bbq chicken. Generally the best at various fire deaprtment and church functions anywhere in NY State. Of course I'm a bit biased LOL !

Wally
Cornell '67
I agree. NY state has numerous chicken BBQ every weekend from May til october. There is probably 10 weekly in my area(Binghamton) alone.

I drive between Syracuse, Binghamton, and Oneonta regularly, and my favorite time is in the summer, solely because of all of the chicken bbq's at the little firehouses and churches along the way. That styrofoam container of chicken, salt potatoes, baked beans, and a soft roll is not something to be missed. Even the smell of the wet knap they have in the little plastic bag with the plasticware and napkin brings back good memories!

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Re:Best chicken you have ever eaten.......................... - Thu, 05/24/12 4:41 PM
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Anchor Bar Buffalo Wings!

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Re:Best chicken you have ever eaten.......................... - Tue, 06/19/12 1:29 PM
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The best fried chicken besides my mom's was Youngblood's chicken in San Antonio ages ago,down by the Witte Museum.They also had some I think around Dallas. I remember too eating Chicken Delight.
They still are around, but mainly up in Canada,and a few places in the US.I guess we had it when i was a kid when we were going to Alaska,or maybe in Anchorage. Was good anyhow.

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Re:Best chicken you have ever eaten.......................... - Tue, 06/19/12 6:47 PM
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The best chicken I ever had was at Willie Mae's Scotch House in New Orleans. Here in beautiful Rochester N.Y. I used to love the "Broasted" chicken dinner At Don And Bob, now long gone.

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Re:Best chicken you have ever eaten.......................... - Sat, 10/13/12 5:56 AM
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Pollo Loco is probably the best I had so far.

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Re:Best chicken you have ever eaten.......................... - Mon, 10/15/12 3:49 PM
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Southwest of Chicago we have a lot of really good "tavern chicken" all over the area as well as the chains, sit-downs & one-offs.
I like Harold's in Chicago, Anne's Hideaway in Naplate (Ottawa), Rip's in Ladd, White Fence Farm in Romeoville, Turtles in  Morris (original breading, not their beer battered) & Dell Rhea's Chicken Basket in Willowbrook.
 
Roughly in that order.
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Re:Best chicken you have ever eaten.......................... - Thu, 11/29/12 7:21 AM
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bbires


Champy's.  Chattanooga.  This week.  Every week.  Perfectly marinated, breaded, and fried consistently.  And their "chicken on a stick" at the Bessie Smith Strut was also superb.  Alternating pieces of chicken, potato, and onion all battered on a stick and fried as one large mass.

But when you're on the road, there's no better chicken than a Chick-Fil-A sandwich.

Finally got a chance to eat at Champy's during our trip to the inlaws for Thanksgiving and thought it was awesome. Definitely the best FC I've had. It's herby enough for my taste, juicy, tender, terrific bird flavour and what really makes it IMHO is the slight kick. Not "hot" per se but has a little bit of zing that really opens up the taste buds.
 
Everything else we had there was great too.
 
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Re:Best chicken you have ever eaten.......................... - Thu, 12/27/12 9:00 PM
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I went on a 3 state fried chicken eating frenzy a couple years ago:
 
Burger Boy in London, Kentucky for fried chicken wings and some of the best bleu cheese dressing I've ever tasted. They tout their chicken as being "Bauter Better" not sure what that means but it's some fine chicken.
 
Prince's in Nashville. No secret joint here. Famous among Roadfood folks and rightly so.
 
Green Acres on 29th ave north in Birmingham. In business since the 40s. Excellent fried chicken, fried green tomatoes and housecut fries, washed down with Michelob draft.

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Re:Best chicken you have ever eaten.......................... - Wed, 01/9/13 3:20 AM
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My favorite is fried chicken of KFC.

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Re:Best chicken you have ever eaten.......................... - Sat, 01/12/13 7:25 PM
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I love me some Dixie Chicken here from Richmond VA. Buttermilk brined and fried in real lard, cooked fresh when you order it.

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Re:Best chicken you have ever eaten.......................... - Fri, 02/1/13 4:28 AM
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I love chicken and the best chicken I ever had is lemon chicken. My wife learn to prepare this in her friend's kitchen and made a wonderful chicken for me. Here is the chicken recipe

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Re:Best chicken you have ever eaten.......................... - Fri, 02/1/13 8:43 AM
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Stroud's  gets my vote then Churchs  for a .chain

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Re:Best chicken you have ever eaten.......................... - Fri, 02/1/13 12:00 PM
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Stroud's is in a league of their own.  I've never found anything even close.

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Re:Best chicken you have ever eaten.......................... - Tue, 02/19/13 7:48 AM
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just had chicken express in Granbury,Tx last night very very good and juicy.

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Re:Best chicken you have ever eaten.......................... - Tue, 02/19/13 3:17 PM
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Strouds......... Kansas City
Gus's............. Memphis
Willie Maes.... New orleans
Beach Road... Jacksonville 
Crossroads
Delicatessen..Minneapolis (Minnetonka) 
 
All the above are Fried
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Re:Best chicken you have ever eaten.......................... - Sun, 02/24/13 11:45 AM
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fried chicken: Popeyes spicy
or volcano chicken at Lanna Thai restaurant in jupiter florida hands down the best meal ever, order it mild or prepare to sweat

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Re:Best chicken you have ever eaten.......................... - Tue, 02/26/13 10:36 AM
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The best chicken i have eaten is cooked by my mom. She cooks so well and the roasted chicken she cooked was super amazing. She roasted that chicken not on ordinary bbq but custom made bbq which was made up of concrete like thing..!

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Re:Best chicken you have ever eaten.......................... - Wed, 02/27/13 9:23 AM
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Does anybody remember how Church's Chicken use to taste in the 70's and 80's?  You cannot compare Church's Chicken then and now.  It use to be so tasty, now it is a greasy inedible mass. Church's Chicken use to have a very thin batter coating that was a light brown golden color and it was flaky.  The chicken itself was very, very tasty and was flavorful, but that golden batter was so good it was almost impossible not to want to use you fingers to grab and eat every crumb that fell off after all the chicken was eaten.
 
I wish I could figure out that recipe, I tried to Google the term 70's fried chicken or 70's Church's Chicken and many more similar terms but I just get recipes for the terrible chicken Church's makes today.
 
The Church's Chicken back in the 70's and 80's in my humble opinion beat any chicken in the past and the present that I have ever been served.  Sometimes I wish I could just do some time travel, get hired at a Church's Chicken back in the 70's and see if I could snag the recipe.  If nothing else I could enjoy that great chicken once again.
 
To no avail, I tried to contact the parent company, San Francisco based private equity firm Friedman, Fleischer & Lowe LLC (FFL) but they would not email me back.  I asked them to please bring that great chicken taste back again, or at least give me the recipe so that I could try and make it myself.  I was surprised to not receive any answer back at all even just an acknowledgement that my email suggestion was appreciated.
 
America's Favorite Chicken Company or AFC Enterprises Inc. should buy Church's Chicken back, move it back to Austin, TX where it began and make Church's Chicken the way it was in the 70's and 80's when it was the best and tastiest chicken.
 
 
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Re:Best chicken you have ever eaten.......................... - Wed, 02/27/13 11:01 AM
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I remember the Church's you describe from the restaurant in Des Moines, IA around 1983-85.
 
IIRC both Church's and Popeyes have the same corporate ownership now.

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Re:Best chicken you have ever eaten.......................... - Wed, 02/27/13 11:09 AM
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The best chicken is always made at home. However, if I'm going to eat chicken at a "fast food" chain restaurant, it's going to be from either Popeye's (spicy) or, Pollo Campero (when you can find one). They're the wonderful Guatemalan chicken chain that's unfortunately, few and far between with only 51 locations in the continental US. Thank goodness we have one in Dallas! 
http://www.campero.com/
 
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Re:Best chicken you have ever eaten.......................... - Wed, 02/27/13 11:29 AM
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Believe it or not some of the best fried chicken I've ever had was at Aunt B's Kitchen in King's Bay on the way to TTF. We used to go there several times a week during our month long visits and never fail to go back to work in the afternoon in a food coma.

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Re:Best chicken you have ever eaten.......................... - Wed, 02/27/13 2:28 PM
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Chicken Fried Steak!

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